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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Sleepy Sammy and Tenacious Tito

This is an awesome first family photo. I loved working with your babies, B & C! I remember when I first got married, I had my cat, Piggy. He was our baby for the first three years of our marriage. Cherish it, they get big so fast!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Portrait Parties

I just updated the website with my Portrait Party information. Those who came to my spring launch know that this is exciting stuff. In honor of the "grand opening" of my Portrait Parties, I'm offering a complimentary 16x20 portrait to the host/hostess that books and completes the first party. This is a $168 value!! I can't wait to see what great party ideas you have!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Stepping out of the Comfort Zone

This week I had the pleasure of creating portraits for the R family. In our pre-portrait consultation, we discussed what kind of portraits they envisioned: some classic studio portraits, as well as more active, candid life-style portraits. I'll admit that at first I was really nervous, but after I relaxed a bit, I really enjoyed the experience... and the results! I love the life and personality that shines through in these images, and would LOVE to do more of this kind of family portraiture. Thanks so much, S & B for giving me this awesome glimpse into your world!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Final Call!

Every year for mother's day, I do portraits of my kids for my Moms. I haven't done BW portraits of them for a while, so for that reason, as well as the Black and White Studio Event coming up, I wanted to create some more dramatic backdrops for my studio. I spent the weekend painting, and came up with two very different, but VERY cool backdrops. The problem is, now I love the color so much that I don't want to turn them Black and White. Anyway, I haven't done my youngest's portrait yet (she was NOT cooperative this morning.) so I'll post that when it's done too.

This is also a final call for anybody interested in booking a session at last year's prices. Studio sessions were only $65, and location sessions were $120. I could still squeeze in one or two more sessions before April 1 if anyone is interested in saving a little bit (initial investments after that time will be $250 studio or location, with $100 going towards your finished portraits.) Also, there are still appointments available for my Black and White Studio Event and my Spring Garden Event, so call soon to reserve your session!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Bitten by the crazy bug

Every time I set up my home studio, my kids kinda go nuts. First they know that I'm going to be working, so somehow, they think that this is the time to come up with every possible problem for me to deal with just so life isn't too boring. Also, all three of them are camera hams (don't know why!) so I have a really hard time getting them to go away while I am photographing someone else. Last Saturday was no exception, but my session was a little bit late, so I let my kids completely loose, and this is what they came up with. Yes, my boy is wearing a pillowcase (his latest Nintendo character's costume) and no, my baby isn't wearing a shirt. This is how we function with a working mom. I love these images of my kids anyway... they're so real.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

They've got the Moves!

Here's some more awesome dance portraits from my session with the girls from Wasatch Arts Center. I tell you, these are some talented dancers! I'll let them speak for themselves:

Monday, March 10, 2008

And the winner is...

Katie has won my animal snapshot contest, and scored herself a $25 gift certificate to The Cheesecake Factory with her awesome image of a monkey taken on her last Disney cruise. Here's her description of the image:
"These are the monkeys that as legend goes 'hold the Rock of Gilbralter together'. They were totally fearless of humans. This was taken down by our bus and you can see our cruise ship. Believe me, I have many more pictures with the monkeys. They were everywhere!"

I also have to post this image as the runner up, just because the story made me laugh so hard I was crying. Suzanne, you get props just for trying!
"The Geese at my work: BBBAAADDD call on my part! They are very angry models. With my simple camera that has no zoom, I had to keep a safe distance for my ankles and shins and the pictures did not turn out that great. I had one goose who was all bloody from fighting other geese asleep and I got really close to it, but then it heard me and it went bad. Let me just tell you from experience, that when their head is down like that and they are hissing, it is best to turn around and run. I can’t blame the white goose too much for being cranky, he was sleeping and I did wake him up, and was all bloody from a bad attack, he was just having a bad day (poor guy having a bad day and it was only 9:30 am). He was a large “marge” that’s for sure."
I want to thank everyone who entered the contest. I really enjoyed looking at all the images, and I may do another contest in the future. Thanks again!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Five in a Million

Today I had the privilage of creating some dance portraits for Wasatch Arts Center(http://www.wasatchartscenter.com/). When I was researching dance academies for my daughter a couple years ago, I had a real issue with dance schools making little girls look like women, by how they dressed and moved. Call me old school, but there was no way I wanted my then-three-year-old involved in competitive hip-gyration. Finally, I came across this fantastic facility. They have college-graduate instructors, and really focus on technique and the love of dance. Wasatch Arts Center teaches classical, technical ballet (which is the base I want my daughter's education based on); but they also have jazz, hip-hop, tap, creative movement, dance for fitness, and other classes. Lately they've also added music lessons, and this fall they are opening a Fine-Arts preschool. Can I tell you that as an educated artist, I find this stuff REALLY cool.
Anyhow, this evening's session was a pure joy, and the girls were just absolutely the most well-behaved, politest subjects I've ever photographed. I didn't hear one of them complain about the session taking too long, or any of the poses they were asked to perform. Nobody acted as if she were better than anyone else, and there was true friendship and a complete lack of petiness through the whole evening. I was so impressed by their grace, their talent, and their sincere love of their art! It was really an honor to meet and work with all of them.
Look at this shot! These aren't humans, I swear, they're Dreams, literally dancing on air. Look at the feet of the two with black pants - they aren't even touching the ground, and they all look like they are just kind of temporarily drifting through reality into some other dimension. Good grief, you gals are SO DANG BEAUTIFUL!! Thanks so much, M, S, A, R, and M for such a great evening.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Special Events Questions

I have received several questions about the Springtime Special Events coming up in April, so I thought this would be a good place to post and answer some of those questions. If you want to ask me a question, you can either post it here in the comments section, or send it to me via e-mail: kris@kdportraits.com:

Q: How do I reserve an Event Session?
A: Call me {(801) 556-1661} to see which times are still available, and then send in the Event Investment as a deposit to hold your appointment. I accept checks, cash, and credit cards via PayPal. Don't forget tax!

Q: What if I change my mind?
A: Because I may have to turn people down who want to participate in an event, the deposit is non-refundable.

Q: What if I have a family member pass away, or I get in a car accident, or I get West Nile Virus, or I suddenly have to put my family in the Witness Protection Program?
A: I'm not an ogre here, people. Talk to me!

Q: Can I use my Referral Certificate towards an event?

Q: What if there's bad weather?
A: As with all location sessions, I will treat the weather as "wait and see." Nine times out of ten, I can still create portraits in bad weather, and the downtown gardens have a lot of architecture that acts as shelter, so I will do everything in my power to still create portraits. If it just becomes impossible, though, I will probably add a "make-up" day to the event so that anyone can reschedule if they want. Of course, your deposit will be refunded if you aren't 100% satisfied with what I create.

Q: What if the Event is sold out?
A: I will be making a waiting list for anyone who is interested in an Event, but couldn't reserve a session. If I do have any cancellations, I will notify the first person on the list. Additionally, these clients will receive first choice of times for the next Event.

Q: What should I wear?
A: For the Black and White Studio Event: I will have both high-key and low-key backdrops available, so dark or light colors are great. You should stick with solid colors, since patterns can be distracting, and long sleeves also look best in the studio. Remember that a black and white portrait should be all about the face, so stay away from anything that will draw attention away from that. For the Garden Event: this Event is all about Spring! Pastels, dresses, gloves, straw hats, ribbons, bow-ties, the whole Easter thing. Tasteful props that go with the theme can add to the artistic vision, but remember to stay away from anything that dates or dominates the portrait, or seems out of place (no live animals!) For both events: If you are coordinating a group, remember that one person shouldn't stand out from the others, so even though everyone doesn't have to be wearing the exact same thing, they should be in the same tonal range. A good way to do this is to lay out all the clothes on a bed or floor, stand back, and see if anything jumps out at you.

Q: Can I change clothes during the session?
A: In the studio it's not a problem, but on location, since you have to go inside a building, and it takes a lot of time, I discourage it.

Q: How many people can you fit into a session?
A: In the studio, I can do groups of up to 5 or 6 at a time. If you're interested in a large group, I can do several smaller groups and composite them for the final image. The first black and white photo in my family gallery, as well as the balloon hat portrait are examples of this. The downtown gardens accommodate groups up to 20.

Monday, March 3, 2008

New faces

I got my first (and only so far!) entry today for the animal snapshot contest. There are still 5 days left, so if you are interested in winning fame and glory and a $25 restaurant gift certificate, send me those snapshots! It can be of any animal - not just pets: zoo snapshots, farm shots, aquarium, beach, etc. In keeping with our theme, I made myself go out and photograph animals today for a self-assignment. I took the kids to Thanksgiving Point Farm Country, and tried to get some portraits of a different kind. Ok, I will be the first to confess - I'm not the best at this. However, I had a ton of fun, and I think I will start making myself do more self-assignments. It really helps feed the creativity.

Don't look a gift cow up the nose.

Ewe wanna piece of me?


Saturday, March 1, 2008

Announcing KD Portraits Special Events!!

Today marks the launch of my new Special Events program, and I gotta tell you, I am JAZZED about this! Special Events are going to be theme or location-specific portrait sessions. I am lauching the program with two Spring Special Events: The Black and White Studio Event, and the Garden Event. I am anticipating that these events will book up quickly, so please don't delay your deposit if you are interested! There are limited sessions available.

The Black and White Studio Event:
This is the event that started it all, and has been a Mother's Day tradition for three years now!
Three days only: April 9, 10, 11: 2008.
The event is $100, and you will receive a studio session in black and white, a complimentary gift portrait, and access to exclusive events-only pricing.

The Garden Event:
Springtime at its fullest in the most breath-taking gardens in the state: beautiful downtown Salt Lake. Three days only: April 16, 17, & 18: 2008
The event is $100, and you will receive a garden portrait session, a complimentary gift portrait, and access to exclusive events-only pricing.

I am also finalizing details for KD Portrait Parties. These are going to be cool, too, so stay tuned for details. Hey, and I just want to shout out to my gals that came to my long-winded marketing meeting today. Your support sincerely means a lot to me. Thanks!